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What Should I Read Next?: Book Talk | Reading Recommendations | Literary Matchmaking

What Should I Read Next? is the show for every reader who has ever finished a book and faced the problem of not knowing what to read next. Each week, Anne Bogel, of the blog Modern Mrs Darcy, interviews a reader about the books they love, the books they hate, and the books they're reading now. Then, she makes recommendations about what to read next. The real purpose of the show is to help YOU find your next read.
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Apr 26, 2016

Today Anne chats with Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours and My Fringe Hours. Jessica lives in Nashville with her family, where she works full time outside the home and blogs regularly at The Mom Creative.

Of all the guests I’ve talked to, Jessica’s the most consistent with her picks. We have a lot of fun talking about compelling stories and character-driven plots in her favorite genre. She also hates a book that many listeners adore, and she’s not afraid to say why.

Connect with Jessica on her site The Mom Creative, facebooktwitter and instagram.

Books mentioned in this episode:

The Shoemaker's Wife by Adriana Trigiani
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
City of Dreams by Beverly Swerling
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Glory Over Everything: Beyond The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
The Perfume Collector by Kathleen Tessaro
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Dead Wake by Erik Larson
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Also mentioned in this episode: 

• I recommended Jessica's hated book to Janssen Bradshaw in episode 10 here.
Expert investigates 10-year-old's reincarnation claims on The Today Show.
When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel
• I recommended Everything I Never Told You to Seth Haines in episode 4 here.
How a non-fiction writer finds his next subject: Erik Larson on the "dark country of no ideas."

Sponsors

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book they love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I Read Next listeners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code READNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each.

Can't pick just one? Subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)

 

Apr 19, 2016

Today Anne talks with Andrea Cumbo-Floyd, a writer, teacher, editor, and farmer based in Charlottesville, Virginia.  ("Sometimes more of one of those than the other," she says.) Andi is the author of Steele Secrets, The Slaves Have Names, and Writing Day In and Day Out: Living a Practice of Words

Andi and Anne discuss about strong female characters, genre-bending novels, and reading diverse books. Her favorites are all over the place, and she has strong feelings about her hated pick, which makes for a fun conversation.

Connect with Andrea on her site and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

Head Off and Split by Nikki Finney
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
The Quotidian Mysteries by Kathleen Norris
Ulysses by James Joyce
The Dead by James Joyce
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams
Refuge by Terry Tempest Williams
The Killing Moon by Nora Jemison
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

Also mentioned in this episode: 

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five.
Talking about books I don't like.
Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs.

Sponsors:

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book the love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I Read Next listeners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code READNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each.

Can't pick just one? Subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)

Try Audible for yourself: 

Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

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Do YOU have an idea for what Andi should read next? Tell her in comments here!
Apr 12, 2016

Today Anne chats with Grace Martin, a 12-year-old bibliophile who lives with her family outside Chicago.

Grace loves Harry Potter, dystopian novels, and strong plotting and she’s incredibly well spoken about her taste in literature. Anne also chats a bit with Grace’s mom Lara about raising readers and helping kids choose good books for themselves.    

Books discussed in this episode:

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
Divergent by Veronica Roth
All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Ultraviolet by R. J. Anderson
Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia by David Eagleman

Sponsors:

This episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book the love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I Read Next listeners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code READNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each.

Can't pick just one? Subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)

Try Audible for yourself: 

Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial.

Like the podcast? Your review helps the new show so much!

  1. Tap/click iTunes or App Store.
  2. Search for "What Should I Read Next"
  3. Tap/click on the square picture of the book + headphones
  4. If you're not signed in, tap Use Existing Apple ID. (If you don't have an Apple ID, tape Create New Apple ID.)
  5. Select a star rating, enter a title, write your short review, and tap/click Send.

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Do YOU have an idea for what Grace should read next? Leave her a recommendation in comments on the show's site!

 

Apr 9, 2016

Anne chats with Marybeth Whalen and Ariel Lawhon of SheReads.org, an online reading site and book club for women. Under Marybeth and Ariel's leadership, She Reads does a terrific job of highlighting excellent titles you've never heard of. 

These women are writers as well as curators and reviewers: Ariel is the author of Flight of Dreams and The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress. (Loved them both.) Marybeth is the author of The Things We Wish Were True, coming September 1. (Can't wait to read it!)

This is a special episode: it's WSIRN's first freewheeling conversation about book recommendations and the reading life. Anne talks with Marybeth and Ariel about how they became a go-to book resource for thousands of readers, why you have to be a little bossy to recommend books (and why Marybeth and Ariel are overqualified for the job), and how they keep reading FUN even when—and especially when—it's a job.    

Check out their reading site at SheReads.org, or on facebook and twitter. Readers will also want to follow them individually. Follow Marybeth on facebook, instagram, and twitter. Connect with Ariel on facebook, instagram, and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
The Help by Katherine Stockett
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
The Boys in the Trees by Carly Simon (audio edition)
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
All of Us and Everything by Bridget Asher
No One Knows by J. T. Ellison
Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright

Also mentioned in this episode: 

Why the 40-something woman is at risk of an affair by Jane Green
• The She Reads book club at SheReads.org
When our selection process gets personal by Marybeth Whalen

Sponsors:

This special episode is sponsored by Book of the Month.

Every month a panel of five judges each chooses a book the love; subscribers pick one from that curated list and get it shipped straight to their door with free shipping. It's a fun, convenient, and affordable way to discover books you might not find otherwise.

If you're not interested in any of the selections, you can skip that month.

Book of the Month has a special deal for What Should I Read Next listeners: get 50% off a new 3-month subscription with the code READNEXT. That means you get 3 new hardcovers for $7.50 each.

Not sure what you should get? Guest Ariel Lawhon's latest novel Flight of Dreams is an April selection.

Can't pick just one?Subscribers can order additional titles each month for $9.99 each. (Free shipping is always included.)

Apr 5, 2016

Today Anne chats with Caroline Starr Rose. Caroline is a mom, former teacher, and children's author of the novels May B. and Blue Birds. Caroline is based in New Mexico. 

Anne and Caroline discuss reading and empathy, Caroline's very favorite genre, why Caroline is so reluctant to talk about books she doesn't like, and her snob-free approach to reading.   

Connect with Caroline on her blogfacebook, and twitter.

Books discussed in this episode:

The Physician by Noah Gordon
The Selected Journals of L. M. Montgomery by L. M. Montgomery
The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
The Passage by Justin Cronin
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse
Heartbeat by Sharon Creech
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Your Own Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill
New Found Land by Allan Wolf
Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton
Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
Pioneer Girl by William Anderson
The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
Saving Lucas Biggs by David Teague and Marisa de los Santos
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
These Is My Words by Nancy Turner

Also mentioned in this episode: 

For an adult reader, the possible verdicts are five.
Talking about books I don't like.
Raising readers, books that find you, and making the library people hate you with Deidra Riggs.

Do YOU have a recommendation for Caroline? Visit the What Should I Read Next podcast site and leave a comment there.)

 Try Audible for yourself: 

Click here to try Audible for yourself today and get two free audiobooks with your free 30-day trial

Like the podcast? Your review helps the new show so much!

  1. Tap/click iTunes or App Store.
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Follow @whatshouldireadnext on instagram.
 
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